People who want do street photography are often a bit apprehensive of the reactions they are going to receive. For my part the vast majority of reactions are positive and the rest very neutral.
I came upon some linesmen replacing a a worn out pole. Walked up to this fellow and snapped his image with a standard lens. He was fully aware of me and once I took the imaged turned and said, “Wow someone that still shoots film.” I explained that it looked, felt and smelled like film but was indeed digital.
We then had a wonderful conversation about cameras and the joy of photography. I suspect he wanted to talk for hours and hours but his job called him back. I walked away with a warm feeling.
Photographers are kindred spirits and the camera is often an icebreaker.